About Us Scholarships Offered to Italian Nationals

Announcement of 100 scholarships slots under"Lata Mangeshkar Dance & Music Scholarship Scheme"
2 scholarships slots for Italian nationals under Atal Bihari Vajpayee General Scholarship Scheme (formerly General Scholarship Scheme)

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Embassy of India, Rome are pleased to announce the new call for applying for the 100 scholarships slots under Lata Mangeshkar Dance & Music scholarship scheme (A1209) (formerly ICCR scholarship scheme for Indian culture) and 2 scholarships slots for Italian nationals under Atal Bihari Vajpayee General Scholarship Scheme (A1201) (formerly General Scholarship Scheme)at Indian Universities / Institutes for the academic year 2023/2024.
Applications are invited from Italian students interested to pursue studies of Indian culture such as dance, music, theatre, performing art, sculpture, Indian languages, Indian cuisine, etc. (Scholarship A1209) and 
to pursue higher studies in Indian Universities / Institutes [except for studies in Medical/ paramedical (Nursing/physiotherapy/anaesthesia etc.) / fashion / law courses / integratad courses such as BALLB (5 Years) / B Sc & M Sc (5 years) etc] (Scholarship A1201) for academic year 2023/2024.

 Applications will be invited online through ICCR'S A2A scholarship portal http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in, which will be operational from 20 February 2023The A2A Scholarship Portal will be operational for students applying for admission from 20 February  till 30 April, 2023
Age criteria:
For Undergraduate / Postgraduate courses - between 18 to 30 years 
For PhD Programmes - between 18 to 45 years.

General 'Timeline for the admission process' : -

20-Feb-2023 Opening of ICCR A2A Portal for admissions.
30-April -2023 Last date of application to be submitted by students.
31-May-2023 Last date of Universities to inform the decision
30-June-2023 Last date for allocating scholarship and generating Offer Letters by Indian Mission abroad.
15-July-2023 Last date of acceptance by students.
22-July-2023 Based on the number of acceptances in the first round (if acceptances are less than the scholarship seats allocated) Indian Mission to offer scholarship to other students who were not considered in the first round.
30-July-2023 Second-round students to convey their acceptances.

Revised timeline (updated on 05.06.2023)



Revised timeline



30 June 2023

15 July 2023

last date for the Universities/Institutes to upload the provisional letters 


15 July 2023

25 July 2023

last date for Missions to issue the offer letter to the eligible students 


20 July 2023

31 July 2023

Last date of acceptance by students.

Applicants will have the option to apply to 5 Universities / Institutes in the order of their preference of study. The admission, as far as possible, shall be given as per applicant's preference. However, there may be a situation when students do not get admission in their preferred Universities/Institutes due to limited number of seats on offer. Rejected candidates will be intimated by Universities. 
ln case Association of lndian Universities (AlU) Equivalence Certificate is required in order to finalize admission and allot the scholarship, the same should be obtained by the student himself/herself once informed by Embassy.
Applicants must ensure to fulfill all the eligibility criteria of the Universiyt they are applying for and should submit relevant documentation as required by the Universities, in addition to the basic certificates mentioned in the application form.
For AY 2023-24, a 500-word essay in English has been introduced to ascertain English Proficiency. Besides, students can also submit their TOFEL/ IELTS etc. Standardised Test scores, if available. Rejected candidates will be intimated by Universities.
Interested students are advised to visit university / institute website and do thorough research of courses offered, eligibility criteria and general information about the university / institute before applying for admission. The students should ensure that they are eligible for the course and meet the eligibility criteria and should submit relevant documentation as required by the Universities in addition to the basic certificates mentioned in the application form. They should always refer to the Universities Handbook / University Grants Commission's website and the concerned university / institute's website for eligibility criteria etc.
Applicants should not submit incomplete / fraudulent documentation, in case of which their selection procedure will automatically be deemed as cancelled.
Medical Insurance : compulsory personal medical insurance is a mandatory requirement for availing of ICCR's scholarship. It is compulsory for all ICCR scholarship students to procure Medical Insurance policy with minimum sum assured for Indian Rupees Five Lakhs per annum. Applicants are advised that to ensure, they must have medical insurance coverage on their own either before travel or immediately after reaching India, whatever is convenient to students. Students can purchase medical insurance from any of the insurance companies of their choice. However to facilitate students, A2A Portal has two insurance companies for referral purpose. Applicants are advised to be aware of the change in medical insurance policy. ICCR has uploaded the revised norms on its A2A Portal.
Familiarization with India : It is essential for the applicants to have a realistic assessment of India, and of the living conditions in the country's educational institutions.
ICCR may amend some provisions of scholarships from time to time and it is incumbent on students to accept the revised norms.
Accommodation and Security : ICCR advises students to stay in hostel, if available. However, students are allowed to stay in private accommodation if the concerned institute does not insist on staying in their hostel.
Detailed Information : Detailed guidelines on the process of applying for ICCR Scholarships online on the A2A Portal and the procedure and norms governing the same is given on the http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in. Applicant may also like to refer to the 'ICCR Scholarship Manual' 
The prospective candidates are requested to inform this Embassy at cultural.rome@mea.gov.in immediately after they have successfully uploaded their applications on the ICCR’s A2A Portal.

AYUSH scholarship scheme

Government of India through Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) offers scholarships to foreign nationals to pursue various Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homoeopathy (AYUSH) courses in India. Acceptance of AYUSH at international level has resulted in growing demand from foreign students to study n Indian Institutions. The Ministry of AYUSH under its 'International Fellowship Programme’ extends financial support to the eligible foreign nationals for undertaking AYUSH degree courses in premier Institutes in India. Detailed guidelines on the process of applying for ICCR Scholarships online on the A2A Portal and the procedure and norms governing the same are given on the portal www.a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in  

Applicants should be 18 years old at the time of admission in Indian Universities/ Institutes.

Last date of application has been extended to 30.06.2023

Scholarships to study Hindi at Central Institute of Hindi i.e. Kendriya Hindi Sansthan 

The Institute is inviting application forms under the scheme of "Propagation of Hindi Abroad at Kendriya Hindi Sansthan" Agra, for the academic session 2023-24. The scheme is administered by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. 

The prospective candidates are requested to send complete application to this Embassy at cultural.rome@mea.gov.in by March 15, 2023. Last date for forwarding application to India is 31st March, 2023.

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